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The 1954 French flap:

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October 2, 1954, Andlau, Bas-Rhin:

Reference number for this case: 2-Oct-54-Andlau. Thank you for including this reference number in any correspondence with me regarding this case.

Summary:

Journalist Christian Valentin published in 2004 a long article about the flying saucers stories in Alsace during the 1954 French flap.

He indicates that on October 2, 1954, in the evening, a celestial body of red color and the size of a plate crossed the sky from the East to the West at the level of the city of Andlau.

In his 2012 book, he added that the case came from the newspaper Le Nouveau Rhin Français, France, Sélestat issue, for October 5, 1954; which reported:

"Flying saucer: two residents of Andlau, Mrs R. H. and K. J., observed Saturday between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. a flying object of bright red color and the size of a plate, moving from east to west."

Reports:

[Ref. nr1:] "LE NOUVEAU RHIN FRANÇAIS" NEWSPAPER:

Flying saucer: two residents of Andlau, Mrs R. H. and K. J., observed Saturday between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. a flying object of bright red color and the size of a plate, moving from east to west.

[Ref. cv1:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Christian Valentin indicates among the many observations in Alsace in 1954, that on October 2, 1954, in the evening, a celestial body of red color and the size of a plate crossed the sky from the East to the West at the level of the city of Andlau.

[Ref. cv2:] CHRISTIAN VALENTIN:

Former journalist Christian Valentin published in 2012 a very interesting book telling the story of UFO sightings, flying saucers sightings, in Alsace, from the beginning to 1980.

In this book, he reports that on Saturday, October 2, 1954 in the Bas-Rhin Andlau there was this observation, reported in the newspaper LE NOUVEAU RHIN FRANÇAIS for Tuesday, October 5, 1954 in the bilingual edition of Sélestat:

Flying saucer: two residents of Andlau, Mrs R. H. and K. J., observed Saturday between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. a flying object of bright red color and the size of a plate, moving from east to west.

[Ref. sp4:] SPICA UFOLOGY GROUP:

City Date and hour of observation General shape
Identification
General color
Hypothesis
Conclusion
ANDLAU Saturday 2 October 1954 various others
Unidentified
red
None
Unsolved -lack of info

Explanations:

With so little information, many possibilities are open: plane, meteor, extraterrestrial spacecraft...

Keywords:

(These keywords are only to help queries and are not implying anything.)

Andlau, Bas-Rhin, evening, red

Sources:

[---] indicates sources which I have not yet checked.

Document history:

Version: Created/Changed by: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross May 1, 2005 First published.
1.0 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 Conversion from HTML to XHTML Strict. First formal version..
1.1 Patrick Gross February 27, 2009 A search on the web did not reveal any other information. Addition of the Summary.
3.0 Patrick Gross April 23, 2014 Additions [nr1], [cv2].
3.1 Patrick Gross June 11, 2015 Addition [sp4].

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